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Old March 22nd, 2013, 09:40 AM   #5261
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West Ham get Olympic Stadium after government ups funding

West Ham will be anchor tenants for the Olympic Stadium after the government agreed to put in an extra £25m towards the costs of converting the venue.

The additional money takes the Treasury's contribution to around £60m.

Adapting the stadium could cost between £150m and £190m.

Under conversion plans, the roof will be extended and the seating capacity reduced from 80,000 to 60,000, with a retractable system allowing the venue to be converted from an athletics arena to football stadium within days.

Seats will slide over the running track to bring West Ham fans closer to the action.

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) will begin work on the roof in the autumn and officials hope it will be ready for the autumn of 2015 - in time for the Rugby World Cup.

After that the stadium will close again to reconfigure the stadium's lower seating bowl and re-open in time for West Ham to start playing their games there in August 2016.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/21889864

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Old March 22nd, 2013, 02:54 PM   #5262
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So where is he rest of the money coming from, then?
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 02:57 PM   #5263
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Government: Around £60m

Loan from Newham Council: £40m

LLDC loan: £20m

West Ham: £15m

There will also be funding from London Mayor Boris Johnson's budget
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 03:56 PM   #5264
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Ah, right......so pretty much all government funded, then. Local and national.

What a good use of taxpayers' money. I mean, it's not as if money is tight at the moment or as if crucial government departments and local services are being squeezed.

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Old March 22nd, 2013, 03:57 PM   #5265
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West Ham United are delighted to confirm that the Olympic Stadium will be their home from the 2016/17 season



West Ham United are today celebrating the historic announcement by Mayor of London Boris Johnson granting them the right to make the Olympic Stadium their home from the start of the 2016/17 season.

As a result of the announcement, the Hammers have released new images of the innovatively transformed Stadium so the West Ham supporters can for the first time see the dynamic proposals that will transform the Stadium, already a prestigious part of the UK's sporting heritage, into a world-class UEFA category 4, 54,000-seater Stadium fit to host the world's most famous competitions during the football season.

Having been bound by strict confidentiality agreements imposed upon them, the club are now set to embark on a detailed, independent supporter consultation process to help ensure the Stratford stadium matches the high standards Hammers fans would expect from their new home.

Vice-Chairman Karren Brady said: "I'm delighted that we have been confirmed today as the anchor concessionaire for the Olympic Stadium. I commend my two Chairmen for their passion and commitment. I am delighted this has been rewarded now that their ambition to see the Club they love enjoy a bright future at the Olympic Stadium has been realised.

"It was important to me that we struck a deal that would stand the test of time that represented the right deal for West Ham United and our loyal and patient supporters.

"The consultation we have promised them will now begin and we can't wait to work with them to create a stunning new home that befits the pride, passion and tradition that the world associates with West Ham United."

Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said: "'It's fantastic for everyone at West Ham United that at last all the Club's hard work over the past three years has paid off. Since we came to West Ham in 2010 we have had a vision to really take the club forward so West Ham United can compete on the pitch at the highest level.

"Today's decision offers us a real platform to do this and we are fully committed to making it a real success. We understand the responsibilities that come with calling the nation's iconic Olympic Stadium, which will be converted into a world-class football stadium, our new home. It is an honour we will take on with pride.''

West Ham United will shortly launch a Q+A document for supporters, which details some of the most common questions about the move. The club will be adding to the document with further questions from fans over the coming weeks. Supporters can email in questions to yourosquestions@westhamunited.co.uk



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Old March 22nd, 2013, 05:22 PM   #5266
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So they won't acctualy move the lower bowl, just put up scaffold temporary stands around the pitch? I thought it's be like stade de france or the anz stadium :/

It'll be odd to use it for athletics, with the roof covering the track :L If it rains, the runners will still be dry
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 05:33 PM   #5267
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So they won't acctualy move the lower bowl, just put up scaffold temporary stands around the pitch? I thought it's be like stade de france or the anz stadium :/

It'll be odd to use it for athletics, with the roof covering the track :L If it rains, the runners will still be dry
No, it'll have retractable seating like the Stade de France. The roof will be done in time for the RWC, whilst the retractable seating will be done after that, meaning it should be in place for when West Ham move into the stadium in August 2016.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 05:47 PM   #5268
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No, it'll have retractable seating like the Stade de France. The roof will be done in time for the RWC, whilst the retractable seating will be done after that, meaning it should be in place for when West Ham move into the stadium in August 2016.
It dosent look like it in this photo. It looks like theyve left the original bowl behind and put this lower tier on the athletics track with gangways linking it to the entrances over the gap:

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Old March 22nd, 2013, 05:59 PM   #5269
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Well, retractable seating is happening as it's been mention by Boris and West Ham's owners numerous times today.

Some interviews. Karren Brady:

http://www1.skysports.com/watch/vide...be-world-class

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http://www1.skysports.com/watch/vide...m-stadium-move
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Well I doubt they know as much as we do about stadiums. They may call it 'retractable' seating but I call it 'temporary' seating.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 06:33 PM   #5271
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Ah, right......so pretty much all government funded, then. Local and national.

What a good use of taxpayers' money. I mean, it's not as if money is tight at the moment or as if crucial government departments and local services are being squeezed.

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Well, at least they're not stopping at half-a***d... They're going full on by shoehorning a compromised form into a "temporary" structure! Good on ya, London!

Which of course means the location will give this venue a role in a future World Cup over the likes of Emirates, WHL or anything more, excuse me, Moore proper.

Right then.
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Well I doubt they know as much as we do about stadiums. They may call it 'retractable' seating but I call it 'temporary' seating.
Temporary seating was ruled out due to the cost of storing it, plus the time it takes to erect and remove, hence the reason why they've opted for the Stade de France retractable seating option for the lower bowl.

The initial renders are more to do with giving West Ham fans an idea of how the stadium could look with West Ham's branding on it, and you're likely to get more detailed images once the planning documents have been submitted.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 08:36 PM   #5273
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i dont think we should pay too much notice of those artists impressions
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i dont think we should pay too much notice of those artists impressions
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Unfortunately, I imagine we won't actually get a proper, representative perspective of how the views will be until construction is all but finished.
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You'll certainly get a better understanding once the planning documents are submitted to the PPDT. At least then the rake of the retractable lower tier will be known, so will the actual distances between the pitch and the stands. West Ham's owners won't be able to hide those facts with shiny renders.
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Exeter City update.

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Nooooo! I'm very disappointed that West Ham United move to that ugly Olympic Stadium. Upton Park is a great stadium with a typical English atmosphere, and a lot of history.

Why don't they renovated it?
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Nooooo! I'm very disappointed that West Ham United move to that ugly Olympic Stadium. Upton Park is a great stadium with a typical English atmosphere, and a lot of history.

Why don't they renovated it?
Indeed.

But a typical English atmosphere these days, sadly, is near total silence other than when home fans are moaning about or booing their own team.
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